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This summer for 4 days you are immersed in a nurturing environment around your peers, master teachers and business experts all eager to help you learn, grow and recharge! Plus you will receive the VIP treatment as we pamper you with parties, special events and a world class expo hall filled with the top dance merchants. Sounds great doesn't it?

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WHAT YOUR DANCERS SHOULD BE DOING BEFORE CLASS

We’ve all walked into our classes and seen a myriad of things going on with our dancers. Sometimes good, sometimes not optimal. Just as we set a standard of excellence and expectation during class, what we should be requiring before class should be no different. Sure, dance has a social element where dancers are close friends, there to catch up on their day (especially if they go to different schools) and talk about the latest things, but there’s a way to keep the pre-class protocol engaging as well as preparatory for class. So what should you be implementing? Well, each class and teacher are different but the following are general guidelines to avoid seeing the coffee klatch day after day and keeping the energy focused and productive. With time, reminders and repetition, it will become habit and studio culture which is positive and infectious to others.

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DOES YOUR CHOREOGRAPHY ALWAYS NEED A GIMMICK?

When we choreograph for our students, particular multiple numbers in the course of a season, it’s easy to rack your brain coming up with concepts for those pieces. While we are often inspired by music, life experiences, various other art forms, people, etc. can also spark inspiration. Because we are also inundated with what we see at competition and on T.V. we might often think that without grand scheme concepts, our pieces are simply not extravagant or creative enough....

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YOU ARE THE ONE TO CHECK YOURSELF...

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” — Buddha

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IDEAS FOR DANCE TEACHERS

With the summer season quickly approaching, a lot of dance teachers and studio owners will be able to engage in a bit of down-time as recital and competition season comes to a close and before summer sessions commence. Before you know it September will be upon us and it will be a brand new year to get working on new projects and curriculum building! While students receive a well-deserved break during the summer months, dance educators often forget that we too need to pause; in order to refuel our own creative juices and let ourselves become re-inspired.....

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HELPING DANCERS UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF THE THREE EXIT POINTS OF ENERGY

When we teach young dancers and they are starting to execute movement, often times the comprehension of that somatic initiation and execution takes a while to sink in. We all have had dancers who can replicate a piece of choreography we give them but don’t quite grasp where that movement should be coming from and more importantly what it should feel like....
 

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MAINTAINING DANCE STUDIO DIGNITY

When running a studio business, particularly if someone is just starting out or competing with multiple businesses of the same kind, the marketing of the studio becomes essential as to whether it will be a success or failure. Standing out and making a name for yourself when there are 5 other dance studios in a 3 mile radius can be a daunting reality. How will you bring in clientele year after year? How will you acquire new business? How will your “product” differ and reign supreme over other dance-studio businesses? What is it that you have to offer that nobody else does and will?.....

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DANCE STUDIO OWNERS: TIME IS ON YOUR SIDE

You don’t need or have to have all of the answers all of the time. Read that through again and really let it sink in. Now I am not suggesting that you put it off because you are avoiding confrontation but when you give yourself time to gather all of the facts and think it through, the answers, in many cases will come to you clearer and most of the time with better results. Much better!

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SONG IDEAS FOR BEGINNER DANCERS

In the midst of choreographing for your spring recitals and performances? Have a lot of pieces to set with a limited amount of time? Every year we often scramble to find new, exciting and fun music for our younger dancers which are age appropriate, relatable and haven’t been done a million times. Below are some ideas that might help jump-start your creative process and costume selection!....

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YOU DON'T WANT EVERY STUDENT AT YOUR STUDIO, JUST THE RIGHT ONES!

As a business owner you should want more business, i.e.: more students. If you say you don’t then you are not focusing on what really matters to the health of your business… REVENUE!

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SETTING THE BARRE HIGH FOR YOUR DANCERS

Do you have students that go “half-at” things; particularly dancers with talent and facility. I often sit back and think to myself, did I ever give off this kind of blasé attitude when I was training? No. I didn’t. 100%, without a doubt, no. I wouldn’t have even thought of it. It never even crossed my mind to lean on the barre, not be dressed properly for class, sit down, yawn without covering my mouth, talk or intimate a combination by marking the turns or any other movement for that matter. I also certainly never rolled my eyes or so much as lifted an eyebrow because something being demonstrated was challenging....

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CRITICAL COMMUNICATION TIPS FOR SOLVING PROBLEMS AT YOUR DANCE STUDIO

This is a follow up article to  “Sometimes You Don’t Have All the Answers, and That’s Ok!” I recommend that you read that article first before you read this one. As the theories and principles in this article will make more sense. They both work together and will help you when you are hit with a crisis.

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HOW TO STAY MOTIVATED IN THE NEW YEAR

Welcome back! Welcome back! Welcome back!! A new year is upon us everyone and studio owners, you must have been thinking over the last few weeks how to best motivate your students, faculty and yourself to stay excited and focused through the new year! As the owner, you are the ring-leader, the master of ceremonies, the chief, the director, the head coach…. and your team is going to look to you for the cue on where this year will take you all!...

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ADVANCED BALLET PETIT ALLEGRO BY MATT POWELL

Here is a special sneak preview at one of the wonderful ballet videos presented by Matt Powell from the members area. Every combination has a full breakdown of front and back veiws. Dance Teacher Web has over 700 videos, 100's of articles, lesson plans and business building tools for the busy dance studio owner. Not yet a member? Start your FREE 14-day full access trial today!

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BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE PEDESTRIAN MOVEMENT LESSON PLAN

 Born out of postmodern dance, the addition of “everyday,”“regular,” “pedestrian” movement into a daily lesson plan or choreography every now and then can take the dynamics of class or rehearsal in a whole new direction for a fresh change of pace.

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